Hector Hammond

Lucy W. brings us to Green Lantern once again, but not for a corpsman: this time we’re seeing the movie’s secondary villain, Hector Hammond, portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard. In the movie, he’s a childhood friend of both Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris, as well as a high school science teacher who for some reasons is called by the government to perform an autopsy on Abin Sur‘s corpse: in the process, he’s infected by Parallax, and he becomes and insane telekinetic monster enslaved by Parallax’s will…the same master who’ll eventually consume him. In the comics, believe it or not, his head is even bigger, but Parallax doesn’t give orders around. Let’s see together! (after this, the blog will be on hiatus for some days: see you soon!)

As it usually happens, there are (at least) two different version of Hector Hammond’s story. According to the first one, Hammond was a petty criminal born in Coast CityCalifornia. Resourceful but non particularly brilliant, Hammond was on the run from the law after an umpteenth heist, and he was hiding in the forest when he saw a meteorite crash in the surroundings. It was the same meteor that in Africa forced the evolution of the apes from Gorilla City, and Hammond spied from a distance some scientists who approached the space rock to study it. Much to Hammond’s surprise, the scientists evolved before his very eyes into super-intelligent beings…whose free will, however, had vanished in thin air. Wanting to exploit the situation, Hammond appeared in front of the scientists and started giving them orders, transforming them into his genius slaves. The futuristic tech the slaves produced, Hector sold on the market, becoming an insanely rich man in a ridiculously amount of time. Now a celebrity, Hammond gained a lot of attention…even unwanted one. The superhero Green Lantern found Hammond’s sudden wealth fishy, and he started investigating on him. Green Lantern’s Power Ring was however a tool Hector was interested in, so he kidnapped the hero and stole his weapon…only to find out he had abducted a decoy, Thomas Kalmaku, with a replica. The real hero appeared, and after a brief struggle Hector was captured, while the scientists were brought back to their normal state. Needless to say, the villain was locked in jail, with a few hopes of coming out in a short time.

Hector Hammond however didn’t have any intention of making his time, and he escaped from prison with one thing in mind: he came back to the meteorite, and deliberately exposed himself to it, in a much greater capacity than the scientists before him. His brain grew to grotesque proportions, and his intellect grew exponentially, adding untold psionic abilities…unfortunately, his body couldn’t keep the pace, and all the energies at disposal of Hector’s organism went to his now futuristic mind. Unable to move or even to speak, Hammond was stranded in the woods…until he started realising how his mind powers worked: he could use his telekinesis to fly his own body from place to place, and he could control other people’s mind to bend them to his will and use them as manual labourers. He couldn’t speak anymore, but his telepathy supplied for that as well. Using his mind to steal an invention of Amos Fortune, he attempted once again to steal Green Lantern’s Power Ring, and he actually managed to do so. Unfortunately, right before wielding the Ring, Green Lantern “ordered” the weapon to drain itself of all its power, so that it was useless for the villain. While the immobilised genius was still trying to figure the alien tech out, a powerless Green Lantern knocked him out in the most traditional (and effective) way of all. Following this defeat, Hammond changed approach, and always taking inspiration from Fortune he gathered a number of minor criminals to create the second Royal Flush Gang, maneuvring everyone from behind the curtains. This time he was unfortunate enough to find on his path an equally gifted mind, Martin Stein, who overpowered him on the Astral Plane in a clash of intellects. Every time he was defeated, however, Hammond learnt something more: soon, he would have been too formidable for anyone to oppose.

Hector Hammond is a greedy and ambitious individual, a criminal who’s been given a superior mind, and who uses it for the same, petty purposes. He’s an incredibly powerful telepath, able to read and control any mind, to project illusions and to erase other people’s memory, but he also can use telekinesis, moving things (himself included) with his mind and projecting powerful mental blasts; he’s also immortal. One of the greatest minds on the planet, Hector Hammond also possesses a frail and useless body: as time passes, he regrets more and more what he’s lost, and he now sucks on other people’s life experiences like a parasite, desperate to feel through others what he can’t experience on his own.

Green Man (Green Lantern)

A day may come when there are no more Green Lanterns in Lucy W.‘s request, but it is not this day! Next in line is another one of the many nameless cameos in the Green Lantern film, a background character who’s spotted during Hal Jordan‘s first visit on Oa: among the many weird aliens, there’s one who looks like a giant frog. That’s Green Man, the heroic protector of Sector 2828. In the movie, he looks quite different from his comicbook counterpart, who’s definitely green, but not so froggysh. If you think the name doesn’t sound like a true name at all, you are perfectly right, but there’s a reason to it…a reason we’ll see together.

The alien known as Green Man was born on Uxor, a planet with a unique characteristic: on that world, individuality was morally deplorable, and the amphibian Uxorians lived following the certainty that “All are one”, that everybody was just a part of the collective identity. Uxorians didn’t have any personal possession, not even a name, and only communitarian needs and goals were taken into consideration, while the individual being simply ceased to exist in the collective society. A single misfit, however, resisted to this kind of society, an outcast who desired an individual identity. Mantaing the sense of self in such an environment required an incredible willpower, such that it didn’t go unnoticed even outside the planet: one day, one of the Guardians of the Universe visited Uxor, and he offered the outcast a chance to join the Green Lantern Corps. The misfit immediately accepted the offer, considering a true treasure both his personal Green Power Ring, and the name “Green Lantern” he could now call himself with: he was finally an individual being. He also had to swear never to come back to his home star system, as it was part of a non-interference agreement between the Guardians and the Psions of Vega. This particular oath, however, he didn’t respect, as he was constantly trying to protect Uxor and the nearby planets from the incursions of the Spider Guild, a group of brutal conquerors who took refuge in the Vega System everytime they wanted to escape from the Green Lanterns, and came out of it any time the Omega Men (protectors of Vega) chased them. In order to accomplish something against them, Green Lantern discovered another shocking act of individuality: he disobeyed his orders, he took contacts with Kalista of the Omega Men and arranged a meeting with them.

Green Lantern met the Omega Men on planet Rashashoon, and with them he planned the attack on the Spider Guild’s home planet. They succesfully destroyed it, but the Guardians found out about what could become a diplomatic incident with the Psions: they ordered the Uxorian to come back to Oa, but he simply couldn’t leave the Omega Men in trouble. His Power Ring and Power Battery were remotely deactivated, but he chose to stay nevertheless, helping his allies to escape from the planet. The Omega Men, grateful, brought him back to Oa, where the Uxorian was spoiled of his Green Lantern title; proud of what he had accomplished nevertheless, the alien started calling himself “Green Man”, not wanting to give up on the individual identity he had fought so much for. After a time of penalty, however, the Guardians chose to reintegrate him in the Corps, recognizing the heroism of his action despite his rebellion: he became a Green Lantern again, provided that he never entered the Vega System. Not only Green Man respected the condition, but he also prevented fellow Lanterns Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner to approach Vega during their search for missing recruit Soranik Natu. Following the new policy of the Corps, Green Man was partnered to Stel, and together they patroled Sector 2828. Despite his best efforts, however, Green Man was dragged once again to the forbidden sector, this time not by his own free will: the Psions abducted him, and brought him to Wombworld, their research planet, in order to study him and the Power Ring. Freed by his friends from the Omega Men, the Green Lantern lived other adventures in the forbidden sector, crossing paths with the prisoner goddess X’Hal, with the golden skinned Tamaranians and many more, in a long quest to come back home. Whether the Guardians would have forgiven him this time or not, remained to be seen.

Green Man is a man who fought his entire life for the privilege of considering himself an individual being, a proud and determined corpsman who deeply values his newfound freedom. As an Uxorian, he’s an amphibian able to breathe also under water, he possesses limited telepathic abilities, and his blood is highly toxic and poisonous for most races; as a Green Lantern, his Power Ring allows him to fly, to survive in the void of space, and of course to create energy constructs fueled by the wielder’s willpower. An Uxorian like no others, and a Lantern like no others, Green Man treasures his status as a corpsman as to him it stands for his very individual existence…but his thirst for justice is even greater than his love for his new life, and he’s ready to sacrifice it all to do the right thing.

G’Hu (Green Lantern)

Another Green Lantern from Sally W.‘s request, that means another cameo from the Green Lantern movie, albeit this one is a little bit more meaningful. When the threat of Krona/Parallax becomes blatant, the Guardians of the Universe form an elite team to face it, chosing among the most powerful Lanterns at their disposal. Among these there’s a somewhat insectoid guy with tentacle-like hair: that’s G’Hu, played by Paul Parducci. Unfortunately, G’Hu doesn’t survive his encounter with the Fear Entity, but considering the upcoming reboot of the Green Lanterns it’s likely we’ll see him again in some capacity. In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at the original.

It’s unknown where in the galaxy G’Hu was born, but his homeplanet was most likely located in Sector 2937. As an adult, he found a job as a prison guard, but he was assigned to one of the most dangerous places in the universe: Takron-Galtos, the main penitentiary facility in the universe, holding all the worst criminals from all corners of the galaxy. As it was easy to foresee, the job wasn’t an easy one at all, as violence was a daily issue on Takron-Galtos. One day, G’Hu was involved in a massive prison riot, as the inmates got out of their cells and captured him, using him as a hostage to ensure their escape. While the other guards were planning a way to save him, however, G’Hu took the matter in his own hands, and took down each and every prisoner with his bare hands (and tentacles). When the other guards finally made it and broke in to “save” him, they found him sitting in the middle of the room, just waiting for the door to open. He barely said anything to his colleagues, and he resumed his regular work as nothing had happened. This deed obviously made him renowned in the entire galaxy, as well as it made him be noticed by the Green Lantern Corps: such a strong willpower couldn’t go wasted, and they offered him a place within their ranks, promising him he could have continued his work of protecting people and keeping order, only on a much wider scale. Needless to say, G’Hu accepted the offer.

G’Hu passed the selection and the training without the slightest difficulty, and he became a full member of the Green Lantern Corps without breaking a sweat. He was just as able as a Green Lantern as he had been a prison guard, and he was paired with Harvid, a veteran of the Corps, whom he guard Sector 2937 with. Harvid had been retired for a while, but he had come back to the Corps to hunt for his brother, who had joined the Sinestro Corps and was now a sworn enemy to the Green Lanterns: G’Hu helped him in that, but he also held him down to keep him focused on his main task rather than wandering the universe in search of his brother. Among the other Lanterns, Salaak took a special interest in him, and kept monitoring his progresses, assigning him different and diverse tasks to prove his skills. When G’Hu failed to prevent Guy Gardner, a rebellious Green Lantern Honor Guard, to disturb the Guardians of the Universe, Salaak took notice, and he sent G’Hu to combat riorientation to hone his skills, in order to make him an even better Lantern. Salaak, however, wasn’t the only one to have set his eyes on the promising new Lantern: Warden Voz was “courting” him as well, considering his past deeds. Voz was warden at the Sciencells, the Guardians’ prison on Oa, holding the most dangerous criminals the universe had ever known. Someone with G’Hu’s experience was the perfect choice for being the head guard of the Sciencelles. For G’Hu, a lot of promising paths opened, and he owned it all to his abilities.

G’Hu is a very serious and self-confident peace-keeper, a man fully aware of his skills and his potential, always careful that this self-awareness doesn’t border in arrogance. His alien physiology grants him superhuman strength, as well as four prehensile “tails” sprouting from his hands, and talons sprouting from hands and feet; as a Green Lantern, his Green Power Ring allows him to fly, to survive in open space, to speak and understand every language, and of course to create anything his mind can think of, fueling this constructs with his indomitable willpower (his energy constructs usually come from his jailer past, as he prefers jails, chains, batons etc). One of the most powerful Green Lanterns of his generation, G’Hu has still to express his full potential…and he promises to accomplish great things in the future.

Galius Zed (Green Lantern)

After quite some time, we’re back to Lucy W.‘s request (the Scribblenauts one), and the next character in line is another Green Lantern. In the Green Lantern movie, among the crowd on Oa, there’s an alien who appears weird even in the middle of all the other weird ones, a guy who seems to be all head: that’s Galius Zed, the heroic but short-tempered protector of Sector 3544. In the comics, his appearance is quite different, with his head/body being more circular than the movie counterpart; even his Sector varies, as well as several other things. Let’s see together.

Galius Zed was born on planet Noc’sag, a world on the outern rim of the galaxy characterised by an extremely strong gravity. People on Noc’Sag were as stubborn as they were strong, and the planet also attracted many warriors who wanted to test their power with Noc’sag’s extreme conditions. Even among his peers, Galius emerged for his valor and, of course, his unbreakable willpower, and he was chosen by the Guardians of the Universe as a perfect candidate to join the Green Lantern Corps. Zed accepted the offer, and he became the protector of Sector 1123, his planet’s one. Always ready for a fight and not exactly diplomatic, Galius Zed became an inspiration for many other Lanterns, as he was always the first one to volunteer for risky missions, and also the one everybody could trust to tell the truth, as uncomfortable as it may be. Once he even stood against the Guardians themselves as he found out that, hidden on Oa, there was a Power Ring apparently impervious to the others’ weakness, the color yellow. Believing the Guardians had purposefully let many of his comrades die to an avoidable flaw in their weaponry, Galius Zed publicly accused them of treason, gathering quite a number of other Lanterns around him. This situation was solved as soon as the Guardians explained the mystery behind the yellow impurity in the central Power Battery, and Zed obtained an adequate protection for himself and his comrades. He went along pretty much with everyone on Oa, with a few exceptions among the Green Lantern, most notably Hal Jordan.

Once, as he was chasing a crime syndicate, Galius Zed abandoned his Sector and travelled to Earth to stop the criminals: Jordan, the protector of the planet, believed Zed had simply considered him unfit for the task and had invaded his jurisdiction, while Zed was “simply” used to finish every fight he began, with not much regard for burocracy. Albeit the two later fought side by side during the war against Krona and Nekron, a certain enmity always remained between them. Despite this, Zed agreed to be part of the test to confirm Jordan was fit for being a Green Lantern, and later joined him and a selected number of others to Qward, in the anti-matter universe, to destroy the Anti-Green Lanterns, an elite corp created by the Weaponers of Qward to invade the positive matter universe. After many battles fought and won, and after surviving a cosmic chrisis, Galius Zed lost, as all his fellow Lanterns, his Power Ring during the trial of Sinestro, an event that caused the destruction of the main Battery on Oa and the following dismantlement of the Green Lanterns. Without a purpose anymore, Zed came back to his own planet, but he didn’t stay there for long: a fellow ex-Lanter, John Stewart, had been entrusted by the Controllers to fill the void left by the Lanterns by creating a new corps, and Zed was among the ones summoned by Stewart. Zed was part of the new group, the Darkstars, during its entire activity, facing threats like the telepath Psimon, Grayven son of Darkseid, and the usurper Hyathis, all victories added to Zed’s long list of successes. A new threat, however, was emerging: a serial killer, Fatality, who was cutting down all former Green Lanterns in revenge for her dead planet, a threat that not even Zed’s battle prowess could counter…

Galius Zed is a brave and quick-tempered warrior, a man of action who doesn’t care much for rules or etiquette and who always speaks out what he thinks, even before the maximum authorities in the universe. Being from Noc’sag, he possesses superhuman strength and durability, being quite powerful despite his odd appearance; as a Green Lantern, his Power Ring allows him to fly, to survive in open space, and to create energy constructs commanded directly by its owner’s thought: usually Zed doesn’t lose much time in thinking of elaborate constructs, and his creations are always quick and functional, bolts of energy or whips, with no grace or fantasy whatsoever. A warrior born and a trustworthy ally, Galius Zed is a Lantern who truly believes in keeping order and defending justice, and he’s usually willing to make evil taste his fists to make the message clear.

Chaselon (Green Lantern)

Well, we’ve seen enough members of the Green Lantern Corps to understand that their appearance may be quite odd, but this one is one of the weirdest ones thus far: from Lucy W.‘s list, here’s Chaselon, the mineral Green Lantern. As most of his fellow Lanterns, Chaselon appears in the Green Lantern movie, again without any voice actor and rendered completely in CGI. He only has a small cameo, as he’s one of the many aliens seen on Oa. As you can see, he appears like a weird rock with tentacles, and in this he’s pretty close to the source material…even if, luckily enough, the live action version misses the trademark mahawk (albeit some crystals on his upper half are a reminder of that). In the comics he’s never been a central Lantern, but his presence has been felt nevertheless. Let’s see together.

While on most planets in the universe lifeforms were based on carbon, on the planet Barrio III life evolved from silicone, and the dominant species was composed of living minerals (appearing to other beings as rocks with eyes). Despite their unusual appearance, Barriites had feelings and thoughts like any other sentient species in the universe, and they even possessed more senses than most of the others: instead of the human six senses, in fact, they had thirteen senses, making them extremely sensitive in observing and understanding their environment. Chaselon, in particular, distinguished himself also for an indomitable willpower, that made him be chosen by a Green Power Ring as a recruit for the Green Lantern Corps. Chaselon agreed to go to Oa to become a Green Lantern, to guard and protect a sector of the known space…but being basically a huge rock, he had no limb to attach the ring to. The Guardians of the Universe examined his situation and, finding him worthy of being a Green Lantern indeed, they devised metal limbs to allow him to wear the Power Ring and to face his training. Upon becoming an operative Lantern, Chaselon was assigned to Space Sector 1416, where Barrio III was; at first he patrolled his sector alone, then, when the Guardians decided that the Green Lanterns had to work in couples for safety, he was joined by Diamalon, a female Barriite, whom he became very close to. Chaselon proudly served the Green Lantern Corps in Sector 1416, until he was called back to Oa for an emergency: Lantern Hal Jordan had gone rogue, and was killing his fellow Lanterns to obtain power collecting their Power Rings (he had been actually been possessed by the fear entity, Parallax). Chaselon was among the many Lanterns who opposed Jordan, but he was defeated, his crystal form shattered in Oa’s atmosphere. Apparently, his career as a space policeman had reached a premature end, but Barriite physiology was a bit more complex than his peers suspected, and he survived the experience.

Albeit shattered, Chaselon was slowly reforming, as his core hadn’t been damaged…but his fellow Lanterns believed him to be dead, and with Oa to be rebuilt after Jordan destroying it, nobody took care of gathering his pieces to help him…well, nobody within the Corps. Cyborg Superman, a villain from Earth who was trying to reform the Manhunters as his private army, captured him and other wrongfully presumed deceased Green Lanterns. With his physical form restored, Chaselon was used as a living battery for the new Manhunters, the Highmasters, and his very existence remained concealed until Cyborg Superman made his move. Luckily, two Green Lanterns found about the villain’s project in time: Guy Gardner…and a reborn and reformed Hal Jordan. The two Earth Green Lanterns challenged Cyborg Superman and destroyed his army, thus saving the many long-lost Lanterns he was keeping prisoners on Biot, Manhunters’ planet. Albeit surprised (to say the least) in seeing the man who had “killed” him now saving him, he joined forces with him nevertheless to destroy the Highmasters and neutralizing Cyborg Superman. When the battle was won, Chaselon came back to Oa along with all the so-called Lost Lanterns, finally reuniting with Diamalon. Albeit confused by the many changes that had occured in his absence, Chaselon immediately resumed active duty: he joined a team led by Kilowog in an expedition to Earth to stop Star Sapphire, who had lost control and was hurting far too many people, with Hal Jordan being unable to stop her. At the end of the battle, Star Sapphire was stopped, but the Green Lanterns weren’t able to arrest her, as she disappeared. The following assignment was a bigger one, as the entire Green Lantern Corps was attacked by the Sinestro Corps: during the battle, Diamalon was killed by the sniper mollusk Bedovian. It was Chaselon in person who brought back to Barrio III the body of his partner, informing the family of her death: Diamalon’s parents asked him to find Bedovian and to avenge their daughter, and Chaselon was even too willing to swear he would have…

Chaselon is a serious and determined being, emotionally detached but gifted with an uncommon sensitivity. As a Green Lantern, his Green Power Ring allows him to fly, to survive in open space, and to materialize in energy constructs anything he can think of, as well as to create force fields, to speak and understand any language, to shoot energy blasts and more; plus, being a Barriite he’s superhumanly durable, and he can regenerate as long as his core is not damaged. Just as strong as the rock he’s made of, Chaselon puts at the service of the Corps a sharp reason and an acute intellect, a being totally devoted to the task of cosmic peace-keeping.

Carol Ferris (Star Sapphire)

Next character in Lucy W.‘s list is quite a major one in Green Lantern‘s mythology: Carol Ferris, the eternal love interest of Hal Jordan. She appears in the Green Lantern movie portrayed by Blake Lively; in here, she’s a childhood friend of Hal, and she’s the first one to recognize him under the mask of Green Lantern; she also has a long friendship with Hector Hammond, who’s romantically interested in her as well. In Man of Steel and its sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeChristina Wren portrays a US Air Force officer named Carrie Farris, who’s obviously a nod to Carol Ferris. In the DC Extended Universe continuity she’s General Swanwick‘s assistant, and apparently she doesn’t possess her own aviation company like her comicbook counterpart. However, she’s still in time to become a supervillain (or superhero, depending on the moment) like the original one: let’s see together.

Carol Ferris was born in Coast CityCalifornia, the daughter of Carl and Christine Ferris. Carol’s family was the owner of Ferris Aircraft, one of the most important aviation companies in the country, and since her childhood she was trained by her father to take his place at the lead of the family business. Since she was very young, she was appointed Vice-President of the company, but her real passion was flying, and she learnt everything she could on how to fly a plane. She became friends with Hal Jordan, the son of one of Ferris Aircraft’s test pilots Martin Jordan (who was also one of Carl’s closest friends), and the two often were together, both dreaming of becoming test pilots like Martin. One day, due to technical problems to the plane he was testing, Martin had an accident, and was killed in a crashlanding: from that day, Carl Ferris was overcome by grief, and Carol slowly took his place in leading the company, giving up on her dream of becoming a pilot due to the responsibilities her position required. Carl’s sense of guilt eventually made him ill, to the point that Carol found herself forced to step in as the new CEO of Ferris Aircraft when she was still pretty young; out of respect for her father, she hid his sickness and told everybody that he had grown tired of his activity as a CEO and he had retired and moved to Miami. As the new President of her company, Carol hired Hal Jordan as a test pilot, since he had become even more skilled than his father, but the relationship between the two was somehow ruined by the fact that Hal still blamed Carl for his father’s death. However, when Hal discovered the truth about Carl Ferris’ condition, he forgave him, and he found in grief something he had in common with Carol: the two grew closer…but just as very good friends, since Carol, who surely felt attracted by him, had a strict no-date policy with employees. Hal wasn’t the only man in her life, as she was smitten also by the new hero in town, Green Lantern…without realising he was always Hal. All that repressed love, eventually, drew attention to Carol, and some unusual one.

An alien race of women known as the Zamarons were looking for their new queen, and the mystical gem on the royal tiara led them to Earth, where they found Carol. The gem, a sapphire, transformed Carol Ferris into the Star Sapphire, the legendary Zamaron queen, but the woman didn’t want to leave her homeplanet to follow them: she still had much to stay on Earth for. The Zamarons soon found out that one of the main reasons for Carol’s desire to stay was her love for Green Lantern…who was an agent of their former companions and now enemies, the Guardians of the Universe. Fearing for their queen’s safety, and wanting to take her back to Zamaron, the aliens hypnotized Carol in the effort of making her forget her love for the superhero, and convinced her that Green Lantern was her sworn enemy. As a result, not only Carol didn’t feel any affection to the Lantern, but she even attacked him in the form of Star Sapphire, cornering him with powers that mirrored his own. Eventually, however, Star Sapphire was defeated…and the Zamarons decided that this was a proof that she was (still) unworthy of becoming their queen; upon leaving Earth, the aliens erased Carol’s memory of her secret life as Star Sapphire, but left the gem behind, as well as a subconscious knowledge of her powers and capabilities: this way, from time to time she reverted back to her Star Sapphire persona, improving everytime and slowly becoming worthy of the position she had been offered. In some years, however, the Zamarons realised that the gem was uncontrollable, since it was channeling something much more ancient and powerful than what they realised: the very essence of The Predator, the living embodiment of love. While in its pure form, the gem made people lose their mind and attack the object of their affection, just as Carol Ferris had done; the Zamarons tried to lessen its power by splitting the gems and forging the Star Sapphire Rings, artifacts fueled by love (felt, lost or rejected) which made their bearer retain their thoughts and personality. Obviously, among their first recruits there was Carol Ferris, the one who was still suffering from an impossible love.

Carol Ferris is a smart and strong woman, capable of great passion but always repressing her personal feelings for the sake of a greater good. Deeply committed to her family’s company, she’s a skillful businesswoman and a capable leader, but she’s also a proficient pilot. As Star Sapphire, her Violet Power Ring fueled by love allows her to fly and to survive in the void of space, and she can materialize anything she can think of in energy constructs, as well as create force fields and generate energy blasts. Now an agent of the Emotional Spectrum, Star Sapphire protects the universe and fights to spread love in the galaxies, making her oath be heard in every corner: “For hearts long lost and full of fright, for those alone in blackest night, accept our ring and join our fight: love conquers all…with violet light!

Bzzd (Green Lantern)

Since most of the series are in hiatus until the end of the month, we can go on with Lucy W.‘s request for some days. Let’s meet now another weird character: Bzzd. He appeared in the Green Lantern movie in a complete CGI version, with no voice actor: as soon as Hal Jordan arrived on Oa, some kind of wasp faces him, but he’s no ordinary bug, that’s Bzzd, a proud member of the Green Lantern Corps. As for most of his colleagues, we don’t see any more of him throughout the movie, as he has just this small cameo; in the comics, on the opposite, he’s quite a famous hero in the Corps: let’s see together.

Bzzd was born on planet Apiaton, a sentient insect the size of a terrestrial fly. Despite his negligible size, however, Bzzd always showed an incredible willpower, enough for him to be selected to be the wearer of a Green Power Ring. Accepting the duty of being a Green Lantern, Bzzd went to Oa, the base of the Green Lantern Corps, for training, and he immediately found out he would have had to win his fellow Lanterns’ respect, since his size often brought the others to underestimate him. Thanks to his outstanding willpower, however, Bzzd surprised everyone, proving once again that size didn’t matter in the Corps. He easily completed the training, and he was assigned to protect Space Sector 2261. Ironically, the selected partner for him was Mogo, a sentient planet: the extremely small and the absurdly large, the two of them formed quite a couple, but they soon became friends, and together, in every possible sense, they showed the other Lanterns that truly size was a less than secondary matter when the willpower was as strong as their own. Once, while patroling his Sector, Bzzd came across some space pirates, and he easily disposed of them; immediately after, however, he received a new mission from Oa, as Green Lantern Guy Gardner had apparently killed a fellow Lantern, Quond, and had escaped…hiding on Mogo. Being the one who knew Mogo the best, Bzzd joined Isamot Kol and Vath Sarn in their search for Gardner, and he proved to be essential in both finding the renegade Lantern and in arresting him…but he also realised something was amiss with his planet friend. A strange yellow spore was everywhere, and it seemed to be affecting the behavior of Gardner: the spore was in fact Despotellis, a sentient virus who was also a member of the Sinestro Corps. Using its mind-control powers, Despotellis was infecting all the Green Lanterns coming to Mogo for counseling, and brought them to madness making them experience fear. Curiously enough, one of Bzzd’s most dangerous enemies ever proved to be a Yellow Lantern even smaller than he was.

Exposed, Despotellis infected other Green Lanterns, including Kilowog, a huge humanoid who served as a trainer in Oa: Bzzd single-handedly faced him, and he knocked him out using his poisonous stinger, succeeding where most of his bigger colleagues would have failed. The poison also forcefully removed the spore from the Green Lanterns system, so it proved vital in winning the battle. When Despotellis was defeated, it turned out Quond had been killed by his own partner, Tanakata Z, as both of them had been mind-controlled by the spore, with Guy being cleared of all charges. Back to his sector, Bzzd then received another important mission, as he was made part of a team of Green Lanterns including IolandeKyle RynerArisia and Sodam Yat, as they were tasked with collecting all the solitary Qwardian Power Rings before they could find new bearers to recruit in the Sinestro Corps. Although collecting some of them, it turned out that Mongul II (son of the original Mongul) was wearing and using six Power Rings at the same time, and was spreading fear in the universe using the Black Mercy plants, using their planet as a base. The team arrived on the Black Mercy planet, where they found Matris Ater Clementia, aka Mother Mercy, a sentient plant who claimed to be the “mother” of all the Black Mercy plants. After a brief fight, Mother Mercy was convinced that the Green Lanterns didn’t mean any arm to her “children”, and she decided to help them against Mongul. The tyrant had become extremely powerful, and he was more than able to stand his own against all the Green Lanterns together: Bzzd, being the only one small enough to get close to the enemy, entered Mongul’s mouth without being noticed, and started attacking him from the inside, causing a lot of damage and weakening him enough to allow the other Lanterns to defeat him from the outside. When Mongul finally fell, left to be eaten alive by the plants he had enslaved, Bzzd came out of his body, but the explosion of fear energy from the tyrant lethally wounded him. Dying in the arms of his friends, Bzzd was buried in the Crypts of Oa, the final resting place of the Corps’ greatest heroes.

Bzzd is a wise and heroic insect, often underestimated because of his size but able and willing to win the respect of his peers. As an alien insect, he has the natural ability to fly, and he possesses an extensible poisonous stinger able to take down even creatures much bigger than he is; as a Green Lantern, his Power Ring allows him to survive in open space and to materialize anything he can think of: he’s famous for his enormous energy constructs, gigantic constructions that clash with his minute size, but that demonstrate his incredible willpower. A decorated Lantern and a true hero, Bzzd has to demonstrate his worthiness day by day to people who judge him from his size…and he manages to do it in quite a spectacular way.